This post is a part of a series that will profile participants in the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Competition and their drink entries. The winner of the contest will be announced the week of Thanksgiving.
Blair Reynolds, of Portland, OR, is responsible for the awesomeness that is Trader Tiki. This cocktail blog is perfect for fanatical tikiphiles who keep dozens of homemade ingredients on hand at any given time and rarely reach for a drink with less than five ingredients. It’s also great for cocktail novices who just want to learn a bit (ok a lot) about Tiki drinks. More than just “booze blather,” Trader Tiki is very informative and features plenty of instruction on making great drinks.
For the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Cocktail Contest, Blair created Getränkuchen, made with a little bit of homemade allspice syrup.
Getränkuchen by Blair Reynolds:
1 oz Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
1 oz Dark Rum
1 oz Half & Half
*1 oz Allspice Syrup
1 tsp Molasses
2 dashes Fee Bitters
Shake without Ice for thirty seconds. Add Ice to the shaker and shake until well-frosted. Strain into a Coupe, garnish with Spice Drops.
What’s that you say? You don’t know how to make homemade allspice syrup. Well, lucky for you, Blair sent along the recipe for that as well.
8 oz Water
16 oz Sugar
2 Tablespoons Allspice Berries
1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
Set water and Allspice in a pot over high heat until boiling. Add sugar and reduce heat to medium, stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool for 30 minutes covered, and strain into jar or bottle. Makes about 2 cups.
This one is really worth the work, so if you’re up for the challenge, give it a try and check out Trader Tiki for more great drink recipes.